Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology Laboratory

The Forensic Anthropology and Bioarcheological Laboratory is located in Ansari Business Building, Room 515. The faculty of the Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology Laboratory (FABL) regularly conduct forensic anthropological analyses for law enforcement agencies and Medical Examiner’s offices. Such work includes the determination of human vs. non-human bone, the forensic significance of remains, estimation of the biological profile (i.e., age, sex, ancestry, stature), trauma analysis, the recovery of human remains, and radiographic comparison for positive identification. Lab faculty also can provide expert witness testimony. Two of the faculty are certified forensic anthropologists by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. It also offers the ability to analyze and consult on human remains from an archaeological context; faculty have extensive experience with prehistoric and historic remains from the American West and abroad.

  • Facilities

    The FABL is a fully secure facility located in the Ansari Business Building on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. It has full microscopy and photography stations and NIST-traceable osteometric equipment. It also has a NOMAD handheld portable X-ray as well as complete histological equipment for histological slide preparation and analysis. There is an existing partnership with the Human Paleoecology and Archaeometry Laboratory on campus to do radiocarbon dating to assist in the determination of forensic significance.

  • Forensic Services

    The FABL provides forensic anthropological services to law enforcement agencies, medical examiner fffices, and attorneys. In addition to the services outlined below, lab faculty qualified to provide expert witness testimony.

    Recoveries

    • Search and recovery of human remains in outdoor or fire scenes and clandestine graves
    • Includes extensive excavation and documentation in accordance with archaeological practices

    Identification of Human Skeletal Remains

    • Establish human vs. non-human skeletal remains via photograph or in-person

    Laboratory Analyses

    • Biological Profile (age, sex, ancestry, stature)
    • Trauma analysis
    • Forensic significance
    • Radiographic comparison for the purposes of positive identification
  • Bioarchaeological Services

    The lab is equipped to assist with the analysis of remains from an archaeological context. Faculty members can assist in cases of repatriation as well as skeletal analyses. Such work could include skeletal analyses (i.e., biological profile) and inventory, paleopathological analyses, histological analysis, and radiographic imagery.

    Contact

    Please contact Marin Pilloud should you need forensic or bioarchaeological services.

  • Associated Faculty

    Marin A. Pilloud, Ph.D., D-ABFA
    G. Richard Scott, Ph.D.
    Kyra Stull, Ph.D., D-ABFA

  • Research

    Faculty and graduate students also are very engaged in research in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Faculty research efforts are focused on human growth and development, dental anthropology, improving methods in the estimation of the biological profile in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Graduate students are involved in research projects across the World.

    Current Graduate Students*

    Donovan Adams, Kristen Broehl, Elaine Chu, Laura Cirillo, Stephanie Cole, Rebecca George, Savannah Hay, Cortney Hulse, Dori Kenessey, Rosie Perash, Cassie Skipper, Tatiana Vlemincq, Christopher Wolfe

    *Listed in alphabetical order

  • Current funding

    National Institute of Justice

    • 2015-DN-BX-K409 “Development of Modern Subadult Standards: Improved Age and Sex Estimation in U.S. Forensic Practice” Stull, KE (PI), Garvin, HM (Co-PI), and Klales, AR (Co-PI). September 2016 – December 31, 2019.
    • 2017-DN-BX-0144 “Quantifying the Impact of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors to Improve Juvenile Age Estimation” Stull, KE (PI). January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019.
    • 2017-DN-BX-0143 “A Dental Anthropological Databank for Use in the Statistical Estimation of Ancestry and Sex in Forensic Anthropology” Pilloud, MA (PI) and Scott, R (Co-PI). January 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019.

    National Science Foundation

    • BCS-1551913 “A Multivariate Model of Subadult Age Estimation” Stull, KE (PI). September 1, 2016 – December 31, 2019.
    • BCS – 1827338 “Creation, Maintenance, and Mobility of Neolithic Communities in Central Anatolia” Pilloud, MA (PI), Somel, M (co-PI), Knüsel, CJ (Co-PI), and Larsen, CS (co-PI). 1 August 2018 – 31 July 2020
    • BCS – 1848473 “Community Development and Culture Negotiation during the Early Bronze Age in Western Anatolia” Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant: Pilloud, MA (PI) and Adams, DM (PI). 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2019